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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Artistic Autumn Blurs

Ok, so I needed out of the house for a few minutes to wake myself up and decided to take along my camera.  With the wind blowing, it made for interesting shots so I decided that I would try to be a little creative with these images.

I have a thing for Black & White images for the last little while and converted a couple over into B&W.

I like to play and see what all I can create and sometimes you can really come up with some different looking images.

I did leave one in color, Calgary's Autumn Colors never last very long so thought that I should leave one with the fall colors that I originally went out to capture on my little walk.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Exploring Fall Colors

I love shooting in the fall ... but here in Calgary the Fall Colors only last for a very short period of time.  So you dont have alot of time to head out and shoot.

I have over the last couple of days had taken my camera with me where ever I went, either my Canon G11 or 7D. 

At a certain time in the evening around about 7pm, the sun coming throu the trees across the street from my home is just beautiful.

And on last Friday evening, it was just about perfect.  I love how the sun also hits the tops of the yellowed leafed trees.  Makes the yellow so brillant and almost unreal against the fall blue skies.

Today, I decided to take a bit of a walk throu the Deane House Gardens, which are still in pretty good shape.  I haven't edited all of the photos from this little walk about today but below is a couple of my favorites from today.

Today, I decided I wanted to try a little HDR ... I still need alot of practise yet, mostly with the settlings in Photoshop, probably should do some reading first but I like to play first and then read some instructions on how to do such things ... do Shh!! Don't tell anyone.  But I do like the results that I ended up with today.

Oh Yes, back to Deane House Garden ... its still busy growing and while I was there one of the cooks came out and picked a few herbs, so even throu it is fall things are still growing.  So that made me feel so much better.

Still trying this thing called infrare photography ... well, actually its an infrare action that I found for Photoshop.  Not totally sure about it yet ... but this one action made a great B&W image.

Well, All in All it was a very good day.  I ended my day out by going into the big used book store in Inglewood!!  Bad Bad thing to do, but well what do you do ... now I have lots to read.

I will be sharing more fall photos over the next week or so before all of the leaves are good.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Westminister Abbey

What a beautiful old building!!!  Both inside and out, wasnt aloud to photograph inside but I took a few photos of the outside of Westminister Abbey.  The detail on this church is fantastic!!

There was people everywhere so it did make it somewhat difficult to have photos of just the building alone but the guy seemed to add some character the building. 

"The present building dates mainly from the reign of King Henry III. In 1245 he pulled down the eastern part of the 11th century Abbey, which had been founded by King Edward the Confessor and dedicated in 1065. Earlier in Henry's reign, on 16 May 1220, he had laid the foundation stone for a new Lady Chapel at the east end of the Confessor's church, but as the Abbey's own financial resources were not sufficient to continue the rebuilding of the whole church at this time no other work was carried out."  More on the history of the Abbey at be found at HISTORY OF WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

It is an incrediable building, I wish I could have spent more time here looking and photographing this building.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The First Day in London

My first day in London was busy but fun!!  Met up with a couple that was on tour in Ireland with.  We started out with the bus tour tour part of London and when we got to the River Thame decided to hop off and go for a boat ride up to Greenwich which was really rather cool. 

Many of the photos were out the windows of the bus or river boat.  The day started out dry and sunny but by the time we made it to river and the boat ride it wasnt warm or dry anymore.

London Bridge

Never did brave the Underground but next time around I will!!
After the boat ride, we headed into High Park mustly to find a potty station and a coffee!!!  And then wandered up The Mail towards Buckingham Palace. 
More photos to come with pictures of The Mail and Buckingham Palace.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ireland - May 11

A day dedicated to wild and beautiful Donegal.  Follow the scenic Atlantic coast around Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches.  Visit the ancient town of the same name, founded by the Danish Vikings and home of the O'Donnell Clan.  Later call on the Belleek Pottery, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china.

Breakfast at the Greath Northern Hotel.  I had Donegal Porridge and it was great, I wasnt hungry all day!!!

Can't remember where exactly this was ... but I remember the wind was blowing like nuts ... a whole bottle of hairspray would not have saved your do!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Ireland - May 12

Bundoran-Derry, Northern Ireland-Giant's Causeway-Belfast
A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits you today.  In Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a Local Guide.  After lunch, pass Donluce Castle before visiting the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway.  Arriving in Belfast, Northern Ireland's seat of government, learn more about this fascinating city, where the Titanic was built, during a city orientation tour.

London-Derry or Derry, Northern Ireland.

On the way to Giant's Causeway, beautiful countryside.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ireland - May 10

A fascinating start to the day -- vist Kylemore Abbey, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns, for a visit to the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport before continuing on to Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world. On the way to the resort of Bundoran, stop at Drumcliff on Sligo Bay to visit the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats.

Kylemore Abbey ~ http://www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie/
Westport ~ http://www.mayo-ireland.ie/Mayo/Towns/WestPort/
Knock ~ http://www.knock-shrine.ie/
Bundoran ~ http://www.discoverbundoran.com/
Drumcliff ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drumcliffe
Sligo Bay ~ http://www.sligotourism.ie/
WB Yeats ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Reflections of the City in the Hall

Another beautiful day to be out shooting again to do in Calgary.  The City Reflections have really intrigued lately, with the bright colors, sunshine and the blue skies to make everything pop so well. 

Today, I focused mostly on Calgary City Hall spent about half an hour walking slowly across the front of building.  I was waiting for someone to come out and shoe me away.  LoL   But I truely enjoyed looking at all of the reflections, directions/angles and colors that were there.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Evening in the Mountains

I truly enjoyed my weekend at Raduim Hot Springs.  The days were hot and the evenings were beautiful not only for shooting but also for just sitting.

It was a great weekend for creating images!!!

I love these "Weeds" between the blue sky and the gold of the weeds made for beautiful colors to create an image.

Monday, September 5, 2011

After Sunset in the Mountains

The evenings were beautiful at Radium, BC and I was able to create a few interesting images without a tripod.

I had a chance to do some shooting while I was away and rather happy with some of the images that I was able to capture. 

This was Saturday evening looking from the patio of where we were staying in Radium, BC for Labor Day Long Weekend.  It was a wonderful way to spend the last weekend of the summer.

 I will share others as I get them edited and uploaded. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Lake Photos

I try to stay a few days out at my Uncle's cottage at "The Lake" this summer.  The Lake is actually Buffalo Pound Lake, Saskatchewan near Moose Jaw.  It is a comfortable, relaxing, happy place to be and I find a few days of relaxing is something that is always needed!!

I promised myself this year that I would shoot, even if it was just a little each day, I would.  And I did.  some were just fun shoots and others were as I was out for a walk. 

I enjoyed my time there, and as always it was to short.

The fields were beautiful when I was out in mid July, some of the storms that came through was were wild too but they was all at night some no great photos of those.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

DownTown Calgary Reflections

Its the first day of September, kids are in school, people back from holidays and I was out shooting today in the sun and beautiful blue skies.  The weather has the feel of autumn, now, it always amazes me how fast it all changes. 

The reflections again today in the downtown buildings were fantastic and I couldnt resist shooting the reflections. 

I find it rather interesting to find all of these reflections ... I must learn to look up instead of straight ahead like I usually do.  I enjoy seeing all of the different lines and angles ... it is interesting to see how the reflections become distorted.  Makes you think a little :)

Will be adding to this album over time.